Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2019 is coming to Port Alberni this summer, from July 5 – 13.
This year we had Travelling AdjudicatorRaimund Stamm see three plays in zones not holding Festivals: two shows in Kootenay Zone and one in South Island Zone. Here are the recipients of the awards he selected:
Best Production: Stones in His Pockets (Ladysmith Little Theatre, SIZ)
Best Actor: Mort Paul (Ladysmith) Stones in His Pockets
Best Ensemble: Stones in His Pockets (Mort Paul and Torry Clark) Ladysmith
Best Director: Ellen Paul, Stones in His Pockets (Ladysmith)
Best Supporting Actress: Suzanne Hayman Smith (Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Playwright) Creston Footlighters
Best Supporting Actor: Lucas Szuch (Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Playwright) Creston
Best Costumes: (Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Playwright) Creston
Best Set Design: (Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Playwright) Creston
Best Lighting: Stones in His Pockets, (Ladysmith)
Ladysmith Little Theatre will be performing “Stones In His Pockets” on Wednesday, July 10 at the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre as part of the 2019 Mainstage playbill.
Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2019 is being held in sunny Port Alberni, with nightly performances at the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre. This theatre first opened in 2013 in conjunction with the newly built Alberni District Secondary School. Most of our workshops will be held in the classrooms there, and The Capitol Theatre (home of host club Portal Players Dramatic Society) will be the hub of operations, with registrations & check-in being held there, an information desk, the nightly green room parties, meetings and is the location for our Workshop Play.
Dean Paul Gibson
We’re thrilled that Dean Paul Gibson is back to adjudicate for us at Mainstage 2019. He’s a Theatre BC favourite who is already familiar with the Vancouver Island community theatre scene, and adjudicated the North Island Zone Drama Festival in 2015, hosted by Portal Players in Port Alberni. He last adjudicated Mainstage in 2013, in Kamloops. Dean will provide a short public critique following each nightly performance, and then meet with the cast & crew the following morning for an in-depth chat and “coffee critique”. Ticket holders will also be able to observe these highly educational sessions. Read our biography of Dean here.
The ADSS Performing Arts Theatre has 500 seats, all with a great view of the stage, and with festival seating in place for Mainstage.
Keep Checking Back . . .
More Mainstage 2019 information will be rolled out throughout the weeks leading up to our big Provincial Festival, including online registration forms for participants, workshop registration forms and online ticket sales to the shows. Stay tuned!
Dean Paul Gibson is an award-winning theatre practitioner with 30 years of experience. His passion for performance, language and its intent has served to make him a trusted and sought-after theatre artist in a number of roles including: Director, Actor, Instructor, Workshop-Leader, Adjudicator and Coach. His extended experience as a successful director over sixty productions has allowed him to further enrich his skills and create opportunitiesto connect with people and their stories.
Program Director for the Annual Arts Club Intensive, Instructor with the The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Training, Bard Studio, Guest Instructor at Studio 58 Professional Theatre Training and Capilano University.
As an actor- Dean’s credits include: Otto in The Shoplifters for Arts Club, David (and others) in The Full Light of Day for Electric Company, Tom Sergeant in Skylight – Theatre Calgary, Warwick in Saint Joan for the Arts Club, Andrew Undershaft in Major Barbara for an A.C.T/TC co-production, The Bartender in Tosca Café—another A.C.T/ TC co-pro, Patrick Flanagan in Jitters at the Belfry, Falstaff for Bard on the Beach, Vigil and The Drowsy Chaperone for Theatre Calgary, Little Mercy’s First Murder and The Family Way for Touchstone Theatre, the Ruby Slippers Theatre and Pi Theatre co-production of Shopping and F**king, the original ‘Tailor’ in The Overcoat at Vancouver Playhouse, where he also performed in Romeo and Juliet, The Dead Reckoning, The Music Man, Little Voice, Stones in His Pockets, Humble Boy (also at Tarragon Theatre and the National Arts Centre), and A Christmas Carol. Problem Child, Green Thumb Theatre.
Upcoming: Dean will be directing Bard’s first production of Coriolanus with Vancouver Island’s very own Moya O’Connell